Daily Bible Reading – Genesis 49,50; Psalm 8; Luke 20
Today’s Key Passage – Genesis 50:15-21
During Joseph’s life, many people had evil intentions for him. When he was very young, his brothers plotted to kill him and later sold him into slavery. While living as a slave in Egypt, the wife of his master lied about Joseph because he refused to sleep with her and had him put in prison. While in prison, he interpreted a dream for the chief cupbearer and asked the cupbearer for his help in getting out of prison, but when the chief cupbearer was restored to his position by Pharaoh, he selfishly neglected to do anything to help Joseph. It seemed that throughout Joseph’s life, people continued to try to harm him, but each step of the way God was with him. All of these events eventually led Joseph to a position of power later in life, and in this position, Joseph was able to save Egypt as well as his family from a famine that lasted seven years. Even though many people had evil intentions for Joseph, God’s good intentions for him always won out in the end.
We all may face people in our lives that have evil intentions for us. Some people might lie about us to try to ruin our reputations. Others might try to hurt us emotionally by hurling insults at us. Still others might try to hurt us physically. Even if there are not evil intentions, we still might face trials in life. We might lose our jobs, lose a family member or a close friend, or lose our possessions. Through it all, though, we can rest in the promises of God. As the children of God, we know that God has a plan for each of us and we know that His plan is good. God will not allow other people’s evil intentions or bad situations to undermine His plan or His intentions for us. His good intentions will always overrule anyone else’s intentions. Out of the worst scenarios, God can and will bring good things and will do whatever He needs to do to keep us moving toward His ultimate goals for us. Often during the times of trials, it will be difficult or maybe even impossible for us to fathom what possible good might result, but we can be sure that God will find a way. Just as He used Joseph’s tribulations to place him in the right position at the right time, He will do the same for us. When you are hurting, trust in the Lord. When you are worried, trust in the Lord. When you are devastated, trust in the Lord. In all things, trust in the Lord and cling to Him, and remember His words to us from Jeremiah 29:11-12 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”
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Posted on January 20, 2014, in 01 - Genesis and tagged Bible, Christian, Conflict, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, God, God's Character, Jesus, Perseverance, Questioning God, Religion, Waiting. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.